Sustainable mobility is a key component of a climate-safe world. It includes transit-oriented development, urban density for walkable communities, investing in pedestrian and bike-friendly infrastructure (scooters too), and smart planning of the built environment to enable communities to use walking, biking, and public transportation in lieu of single passenger vehicles. It also includes designing rideshare services like Uber and Lyft to be cleaner and to carry more people per trip, making mass transit systems carbon-free by making them all-electric, and offering shared mobility services such as bike and electric scooter share programs in major metropolitan areas. However, in places where suburban sprawl already dominates the landscape, it will take decades to make changes. In the meantime, replacing gas and diesel-powered vehicles with electric vehicles is the fastest way to decarbonize our transportation system.
Phasing out fossil fuel-powered vehicles
The Climate Center advocates for policies to catalyze the mass adoption of electric vehicles in place of fossil fuel-powered vehicles to help return us to a safe climate. Read about our success here.
Transportation represents more than 40% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, and California consumed 366 million barrels of gas in 2017 — more than any other state, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Furthermore, California is home to 72,000 oil-producing wells that last year produced 165 million barrels of oil from onshore and offshore facilities, according to the California Department of Conservation.
Electric vehicles are powerful, reliable, safe, clean, convenient, and affordable.
Did you know?
- You can use an electric vehicle as a back-up power source during a power shutoff. Learn how >>
- Electric vehicles are cleaner than gas cars, even when powered by coal.
- The best-selling truck in America is about to go electric, along with many other cars, trucks, and SUVs.
- Sixteen countries have taken action to move electric vehicles forward through various commitments. See the list here >>